Let it not be thought for a single moment that your good wishes, your concern for our well being and your many, many kindnesses expressed on our last post of Friday, 31st. October 2014, as well as through emails and letters, should have passed unnoticed. We have been so very touched by your warm heartedness and generosity of spirit making our thanks so completely inadequate. But thank you we do, and from the bottom of our hearts.
|Jane Hattatt within the hotel in Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay [January 2015]|
|Lance Hattatt on the cliff top at Casapueblo, Uruguay [January 2015]|
So, disdaining taking the waters of the Spa towns and cities which punctuate the British Isles and much of Europe, mindful of the sanatoriums of Switzerland and fearful of the December chill winds of the Riviera, we ventured for recuperation to far flung South America and the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo.
In truth this had been arranged for the better part of a year when travel plans had been made with what now must be regarded as our erstwhile friend and guide whose behaviour, seen in retrospect, has proved to be both disappointing and alarmingly dishonest.
However, such joy that we went. Staying in the Pocitos area of Montevideo we delighted in the warmth of the summer sun, the broad sandy beaches, the shade of a local park, in delicious dinners to be found in nearby restaurants, in good local wines and in all the sights and sounds so very different from the cities of Europe.
|shopping abroad - always to be found as a very different experience|
|one of many colourful streets to be explored in Pocitos, Montevideo|
|a favourite local restaurant, El Viejo y Querido, in Pocitos, Montevideo|
Of course there were the museums, a day excursion to Punta del Este, a rather over priced and over glamorised resort along the coast, picturesque Casapueblo, fireworks at New Year, strolls along the Rambla and endless people watching. In the main though, Lazy Tarts as we are, we did very little and loved and relished every single moment.
|the beach at Punta del Este, a resort on the coast of Uruguay|
|before the heat of the day, a solitary figure on the beach at Montevideo|
But of everything, most lasting will be the connections made and the memories of the people, old and young alike, who became a part of our daily lives and whose warmth, vivacity and friendship have found for them a very special place in our hearts.
|the smiling face of the waiter at the restaurant, El Viejo y Querido|
|together with the staff of our local café and wine bar, La Dulcería|
Now a new year stretches ahead with so much yet to happen and so much to which to look forward. But for the present we are happy once more to be back with you all and give to each one of you our warmest wishes for a peaceful and prosperous 2015. Happy New Year!
|paddling in the shallows of the River Plate [January 2015]|